Few Noobie Questions.
Hi, I am a toal noobie on the PS2 scene. I have ordered a PS2 off Ebay (PAL), but do not yet know its serial etc, as it hasnt arrived yet.
I've made this post to answer a few 'basic' questions that I'm unsure of.
1.) How do I find out what firmware version the console is, when it arrives ?
2.) Is it backwards compatible ? (I have seen PSXLoader & PS2PSXe about and it made me wonder why they would be needed if the PS2 can already run PSX games).
Thanks for any answers offered. :>
p.s. I have a few more advanced questions, but have made another post in this forum for them so as to clearly segregate the topics I am trying to understand.
Originally Posted by resincake
1.) You can find out the version by reading the big black sticker on the back (PS2 FAT) or on the bottom (PS2 Slim) - this will give you the model number from which you can deduce any other information you need to know about the unit.
Model: SCPH-79003 (For example - which is the model number of my slim)
2.) ALL PS2s (Fat and Slim) are backwards compatible with original PS1 games from your region, if you wish to launch imports and backups you'll need PSX launcher installed to the mem card (or a USB mem stick - not recommended).
To play backups, insert the original PSX CD, run PSX launcher - then using a flip lid / slide card (PS2 fat) or blocking the sensors (PS2 slim) you insert the backup and click X to run it. This method only works with backups from your region (PAL or NTSC). The reason you need to use the above mentioned methods is to trick the PS2 into thinking that the CD tray is still closed so that when you click X it carries on reading the disc as if it were the original that you initially had in the drive.
For more info on swap lids (PS2 fat) run a simple Google search, for the sensor block method on PS2 slim search these forums as there are posts which go into detail on how to achieve this.
To play imports you need the Breaker Pro disc from your region (Don't ask where to get an ISO of it here) which should be available by searching "Buy Breaker Pro PS1" (v1.1 I believe you need). In any case a Google search should give you what you need...
To use Breaker Pro, load an original PSX CD --> run PSX launcher --> swap the Breaker pro disc --> That will then load up the breaker pro menu, once loaded select PAL or NTSC - depending on your region which will run the game in colour on a CRT telly - this usually isn't required on LCD or Plasma TVs, and click on Boot game at the top of the menu. This will stop the disc from spinning allowing you to swap for the import you want to run. You need to use the above mentioned methods to trick the PS2 into thinking that the CD tray is still closed again, don't use eject...
There's also an option if you press triangle at the main menu (With the spinning ball in the background) and press triangle again on PlayStation Driver:
Texture Mapping: Normal (PS1 as is), smooth (Smooths out the blocks like N64 textures)
Disc Speed: Normal (PS1 as is), Fast (Works well on some games by making the disc spin faster to load quicker - doesn't work on all games).
I don't know very much about PS2PSXe - apart from that it lets you load your backed up games from the HDD, and that they're achieving pretty decent speeds with that emulator (By which I mean most games run like they do on real PS1 hardware).
Remember the forum search function is your friend as is Google!
Thanks, buddy, you've pretty much ansxwered those questions for me.
I've been in contact with one of the Free McBoot installing users, on this forum and trhey arekindly going to sort my memory card for me (with FMCB on it), so I think I'm all set.
I cant wait to delve into the PS2 homebrew scene, I have been messing with Wii homebrew for a few yers now and loved it, so a new console with a new scene is very exciting for me.
Thanks again for the info., buddy. ;>
You can also use GSM to enforce PAL/NTSC on your PS1-Games and this makes it even possible to play PS1-Games, with a Component-Cable/connection.
Maybe the picture gets even sharper, but who nows. :)